Conference Contribution Details
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James A. Kapaló
The Materiality of Religion in Central and Eastern Europe
Materiality and the Formation of the Underground: Secret Police Archives and the "Really Real" in the Study of Religions under Communism
University of Szeged, Hungary
Keynote Speaker
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In this lecture, I explore the significance of materiality and material religious approaches for understanding religious change and transmission during communism. Secret police archives as a body of sources, I argue, far from simply reflecting the ideological obsessions and repressive policies of communist regimes, offer an important entry point for understanding how religion was lived, transmitted and shaped during the period. The changes to the material basis, engagements and entanglements of religious life that we can trace through the secret police archives demonstrate the generative power of materiality in the production of religion.